Bowery Street looking north, with the Empire State Building in the background, photographed on June 12, 2009 at 11:25 PM. The Empire State Building tower is lit in blue/green/yellow to celebrate Caribbean Week.
The Bowery (pronounced /ˈbaʊ.ə.ri/ or /ˈbaʊ.ri/) is the name of a street and a small neighborhood in the southern portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The neighborhood's boundaries are East 4th Street and the East Village to the north, Canal Street and Chinatown to the South, Allen Street and the Lower East Side to the east and Bowery (the street) and Little Italy to the west. The Bowery is the oldest thoroughfare on Manhattan Island. Originally a Native American footpath which spanned roughly the entire South-North length of the island. When the Dutch settled Manhattan island, they named the path Bouwerij road -- Bouwerij, the old Dutch word for farm (today boerderij), because it connected the farmlands and estates on the outskirts to the heart of the city in today's Wall Street/Battery Park area.